Eating healthy can be easy and delicious! Try these dietitian-approved ideas for a full day of healthy, no added sugar meals with the help of plain Greek yogurt.
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As a dietitian, I often get asked about healthy foods that I always keep in my kitchen. I have quite a few staples that are always around, but the one that I simply can’t go without? Plain Greek yogurt. It’s easily one of the most versatile foods in my kitchen, and I use it at least once (but usually more) every day.
I know that not everybody knows the wonders of plain Greek yogurt yet, so I’m going to show you why I love it so much with a full day of healthy meals and snacks.
While I don’t necessarily limit the sugar in my diet, I am mindful of it. With Queen C starting to eat solid food pretty often, I’ve started being a little more careful about the added sugar in food. I think it’s best to wait at least a year before introducing added sugar into babies’ diets; and since she usually eats what I’m eating, it’s easier if my food doesn’t have added sugar so I don’t have to make two meals. So naturally, most of my food has no added sugar. One of the easiest ways to achieve this? FAGE Total Plain Greek Yogurt.
I buy FAGE Total 5% Yogurt because it’s a great source of nutrition for both Queen C and me! It’s made with only two ingredients – milk and live active cultures are protein-rich, and is an excellent source of calcium. The rich, creamy taste and thick texture of all-natural, Non-GMO Project Verified FAGE Total Whole Milk yogurt are perfect for including in my everyday meals.
Here is what a day’s worth of healthy, no added sugar meals looks like for me:
Overnight oats are a healthy, nutritious breakfast that I can make ahead, which makes this mama’s life so much easier. One of my favorites is my no added sugar PB&J overnight oats recipe (pictured), made with oats, chia seeds, FAGE Total Plain Greek yogurt, milk, natural, no added sugar peanut butter, and frozen raspberries. I have several other low sugars or no added sugar recipes for overnight oats here on the blog, too!
Another meal I can prep ahead that I love to eat for lunch is chicken salad. I love using FAGE Total 5% Plain Greek yogurt in place of mayonnaise in all of my chicken salad recipes, like my everyday healthy Greek yogurt chicken salad, and my orange poppy seed chicken salad.
One of my favorite quick snacks is a yogurt bowl made with FAGE Total 5% Plain Greek yogurt, whatever fruit I have on hand, a sprinkle of granola (like my no added sugar banana bread granola) and a drizzle of plain, natural nut butter. It’s satisfying, filling, and delicious! For Queen C, I stir the nut butter into her yogurt and cut the fruit into baby-friendly pieces on the side.
FAGE Total Plain Greek yogurt is perfect for making creamy, flavorful sauces to pair with dinner. My absolute favorite is tzatziki sauce, made with grated cucumber, garlic, lemon juice, and fresh dill. It’s delicious with Greek chicken, on Mediterranean-inspired buddha bowls, or with souvlakis.
That’s it! Simple, delicious, and baby approved, too. After Queen C goes down for the night, I usually have a little something with sweet (with sugar) for dessert (all about that balance!), but for the most part, keeping things low sugar is easy enough!
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